A lawn being watered in Portland, July 31, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

Dry weather, brown lawns, high bills

The long stretch of rainless weather in the Portland area isn’t just turning lawns brown and dry. It’s making water bills double or even tri…

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

MLB threatens A-Rod with lifetime ban

Major League Baseball is threatening to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless the New York Yankees star agrees not to fight a …


SUV hits ambulance; 1 dead, 3 hurt

An SUV crossed the center line and slammed head-on into an ambulance near the Eugene airport Wednesday, killing the driver of the SUV and in…

An expanded view of head lice in a courtesy file photo from WRTV

Lice creepy, not health hazard

Say “head lice” to people and their head itches just thinking about them. But lice are not a health hazard.

Crews battled a two-alarm brush fire on Highway 43 and I-205 in West Linn, JUly 31, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Ole Olson)

9 trucks battle 3-alarm West Linn fire

Nine trucks responded to a three-alarm brush fire that erupted along steep and rocky terrain on Highway 43 and I-205 in West Linn Wednesday …

PF&R Chief Erin Janssens, July 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

Overtime costs at Portland Fire drop

The recent cuts in the city’s budget affected Portland Fire & Rescue staffing, but Chief Erin Janssens said the department saved taxpayers a…

Firefighters conduct night shift operations on the Mile Marker 28 Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Wash. Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (Washington Interagency Incident Management Team)

Progress against 2 Wash. Wildfires

Highway 97 has been reopened between Goldendale and Toppenish. The fire danger remains high through Thursday with the threat of lightning st…

Smoke billows from the Douglas Complex fires burning near the Southern Oregon town of Glendale. July 26, 2013. (Douglas Forest Protective Association)

Rogue River closed in S. Ore. fires

The 34-mile section of the Rogue from Galice to Agness is renowned for canyon scenery and difficult rapids. The risk is that whitewater raft…